Agency Information Collection Activities-Identifying Program Components and Practices That Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates, 24054-24057 [2016-09569]

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[FR Doc. 2016–09516 Filed 4–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–DM–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities—Identifying Program Components and Practices That Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed new information collection. SUMMARY: Written comments must be received on or before June 24, 2016. ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to: Rosemarie Downer, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Rosemarie Downer at 703–305–2576 or via email to rosemarie.downer@ fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http:// www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 DATES: E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 79 / Monday, April 25, 2016 / Notices Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Rosemarie Downer at 703–305–2129. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Identifying Program Components and Practices that Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates. Form Number: Not Applicable. OMB Number: Not Yet Assigned. Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined. Type of Request: New Collection. Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is responsible for administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the Federal level. An important aspect of SNAP administration is ensuring that eligible households have timely access to SNAP benefits. The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), Sections 11(e)(3) and 11(e)(9) 1 requires that initial SNAP applications be processed and benefits provided within 30 days of the application date, or within 7 days for expedited asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/ snap/Food-And-Nutrition-Act-2008.pdf. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:02 Apr 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 applications. FNS monitors compliance with statutory requirements through the SNAP Quality Control System (SNAP– QC). Results of these monitoring activities have indicated that a majority of States do not meet the acceptable performance criterion of a 95 percent application processing timeliness (APT) rate. This study will examine policies, waivers, administrative practices, workflow, and processes associated with the APT rates of all 50 States and the District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this study is to determine best practices for facilitating high APT rates, and to identify State policy and procedural practices that hinder and facilitate high APT rates. The study team will first review available State policy documents, procedure manuals, and administrative data. If these resources are not available from accessible sources, the study team will request these resources from SNAP offices/agencies. Following this review, the study team will collect quantitative and qualitative data via an online survey from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The total annual burden for gathering documents, manuals, and administrative data and completing the survey is an annual total of 478.28 burden hours (468.49 for respondents and 9.8 hours for nonrespondents) and 418 total annual responses (296 for respondents and 122 for non-respondents). PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24055 Affected Public: 357 State, Local and Tribal Government. Respondents from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The specific respondent types will include: (a) 51 State SNAP agency representatives and (b) 306 managers, supervisors, or designated staff from local SNAP offices. Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 357. This number represents a State SNAP agency representative from each State and the District of Columbia, and a manager, supervisor, or designated staff from approximately 4 to 10 local SNAP offices within each State and the District of Columbia. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.170868 responses per respondent time annually. All State and local respondents will be asked to gather SNAP documents, manuals, and/ or administrative data and to participate in one survey. Survey respondents will be given the option of completing the survey online or through a telephone interview. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 418 total annual responses. Estimated Time per Response: 1.144 hours per response. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 478.29 hours. See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent: BILLING CODE 3140–30–P E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 24056 VerDate Sep<11>2014 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Affected Public Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1 EN25AP16.012</GPH> I Respondent Description Local SNAP omcc rvianagcr > f 0 """ ~ ..... ~ Sl ..:: "" Local SNAP omce Manager Type of Survey Instrument I administrative I Excel sheet Report Frequency of Response I Total Annual Responses Average Time per Response (Hom·s) I 306 245 I I 245 0.50 I 122.40 I 61 I I I 61 o.og 4.90 I 127.30 I 306 245 I I 245 1.17 I 286.42 I 61 I I I 61 0.08 4.90 I 291.31 306 245 I 1 245 1.67 data I online survey I . Survey Complete or telephone mstrument intenriew 0 ..... 6 0 ..... r4 "" "" ~ 'f) 51 59.67 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 59.67 59.67 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 59.67 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 79 / Monday, April 25, 2016 / Notices 19:02 Apr 22, 2016 NON-RESPONDENTS Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 79 / Monday, April 25, 2016 / Notices Dated: April 15, 2016. Telora T. Dean, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service. [FR Doc. 2016–09569 Filed 4–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–C DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Corvallis, Oregon. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community SelfDetermination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http:// www.fs.usda.gov/main/siuslaw/ workingtogether/advisorycommittees. DATES: The meeting will be held on June 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab and Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 3200 SW. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon. Members of the public may attend in person or join by videoteleconference from Forest Service facilities in Hebo, Waldport, or Reedsport, Oregon. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at the Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Romano, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 541–750–7075 or via email at lmromano@fs.fed.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:02 Apr 22, 2016 Jkt 238001 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is: 1. To conduct RAC business, 2. Elect a RAC chairperson, 3. Set the Fiscal Year 2016 overhead rate, 4. Share information, 5. Provide a public forum, and 6. Review and select Projects for Title II funding. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should request to do so in writing by May 23, 2016, to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Lisa Romano, RAC Coordinator, 3200 SW. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331; or by email to lmromano@fs.fed.us. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices, or other reasonable accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: April 18, 2016. Jeremiah C. Ingersoll, Forest Supervisor, Siuslaw National Forest. [FR Doc. 2016–09530 Filed 4–22–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411–15–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request April 19, 2016. The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. Comments are requested regarding (1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24057 the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques and other forms of information technology. Comments regarding this information collection received by May 25, 2016 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commentors are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Forest Service Title: Forest Service Ride-Along Program Application. OMB Control Number: 0596–0170. Summary of Collection: The Forest Service (FS) ride-along program allows the general public or other interested person to accompany agency law enforcement personnel as they conduct their normal field duties, including access to and discussions about agency law enforcement vehicles, procedures, and facilities. The program provides an opportunity for officers to enhance the public’s understanding and support of the agency program and to increase agency understanding of public and community concerns. The program also aids the agency’s recruitment program by allowing interested persons to observe a potential career choice or to participate in innovative intern-type programs, and by allowing the agency to showcase the quality of its program and services. Need and Use of the Information: Information will be collected from any person who voluntarily approaches the FS and wishes to participate in the E:\FR\FM\25APN1.SGM 25APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Food and Nutrition Service


Agency Information Collection Activities--Identifying Program 
Components and Practices That Influence Supplemental Nutrition 
Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates

AGENCY: Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment 
on this proposed new information collection.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before June 24, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection 
of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions 
of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology.
    Comments may be sent to: Rosemarie Downer, Food and Nutrition 
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 
1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 
the attention of Rosemarie Downer at 703-305-2576 or via email to 
rosemarie.downer@fns.usda.gov. Comments will also be accepted through 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and 
follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. 
Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. 
Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions 
for submitting comments electronically.
    All written comments will be open for public inspection at the 
office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours 
(8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101

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Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.
    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will 
be a matter of public record.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of this information collection should be directed to Rosemarie 
Downer at 703-305-2129.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Identifying Program Components and Practices that Influence 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing 
Timeliness Rates.
    Form Number: Not Applicable.
    OMB Number: Not Yet Assigned.
    Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined.
    Type of Request: New Collection.
    Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is responsible for 
administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at 
the Federal level. An important aspect of SNAP administration is 
ensuring that eligible households have timely access to SNAP benefits. 
The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), Sections 
11(e)(3) and 11(e)(9) \1\ requires that initial SNAP applications be 
processed and benefits provided within 30 days of the application date, 
or within 7 days for expedited applications. FNS monitors compliance 
with statutory requirements through the SNAP Quality Control System 
(SNAP-QC). Results of these monitoring activities have indicated that a 
majority of States do not meet the acceptable performance criterion of 
a 95 percent application processing timeliness (APT) rate.
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    \1\ http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/snap/Food-And-Nutrition-Act-2008.pdf.
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    This study will examine policies, waivers, administrative 
practices, workflow, and processes associated with the APT rates of all 
50 States and the District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this 
study is to determine best practices for facilitating high APT rates, 
and to identify State policy and procedural practices that hinder and 
facilitate high APT rates.
    The study team will first review available State policy documents, 
procedure manuals, and administrative data. If these resources are not 
available from accessible sources, the study team will request these 
resources from SNAP offices/agencies. Following this review, the study 
team will collect quantitative and qualitative data via an online 
survey from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The total 
annual burden for gathering documents, manuals, and administrative data 
and completing the survey is an annual total of 478.28 burden hours 
(468.49 for respondents and 9.8 hours for non-respondents) and 418 
total annual responses (296 for respondents and 122 for non-
respondents).
    Affected Public: 357 State, Local and Tribal Government. 
Respondents from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The 
specific respondent types will include: (a) 51 State SNAP agency 
representatives and (b) 306 managers, supervisors, or designated staff 
from local SNAP offices.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of 
respondents is 357. This number represents a State SNAP agency 
representative from each State and the District of Columbia, and a 
manager, supervisor, or designated staff from approximately 4 to 10 
local SNAP offices within each State and the District of Columbia.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.170868 responses 
per respondent time annually. All State and local respondents will be 
asked to gather SNAP documents, manuals, and/or administrative data and 
to participate in one survey. Survey respondents will be given the 
option of completing the survey online or through a telephone 
interview.
    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 418 total annual responses.
    Estimated Time per Response: 1.144 hours per response.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 478.29 hours.
    See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type 
of respondent:
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    Dated: April 15, 2016.
Telora T. Dean,
Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-09569 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am]
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